100% Grüner Veltliner. SRP of about $16. If you can find it, you may be able to get it a few dollars cheaper.
Sample received courtesy Wines of Austria for review purposes.
From the winemaker:
"Shining yellow with reflections of gold; much fruit with even more spice, peppery flavors (nomen est omen!), dried fruit aromas, apple, pear, quince, with melon and raisins added, its bouquet announces its high maturity; ideal symbiosis of maturity and picancy on the palate, concentrated fruit with lots of fruit- and extracted sweetness, animating fruit acid balances the density and maturity in a savory manner, juicy and active, firm core with a noble melt, profound noblesse, plays in the sort's "Champions' League".
Ideal pairing with meat dishes such as prime boiled beef ("Tafelspitz"), "gebackene Fledermaus" or Styrian stew.
This is the second of two Grüner Veltliners we are reviewing this week. (See the 2010 Domäne Wachau review for some more info on this grape.) The 2008 Cobenzl Grüner Veltliner Pfeffer exhibits aromas of green apple, citrus, and a little peach. The wine tastes of citrus and grapefruit with some added minerality. The finish is good, but a little on the sour side and a bit subdued. Overall a little simpler, lighter and not as sweet as the Domäne Wachau, but still a nice wine.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 6.8
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